Iowa FFA member celebrated at White House Science Fair

A member of the National FFA Organization is being celebrated today at a White House event for students who excel in science.

Eric Koehlmoos, 18, of Iowa, is a member of the South O’Brien FFA Chapter in Paulina, Iowa. He was invited to the 2015 White House Science Fair that celebrates the accomplishments of student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions throughout the United States. Continue reading

And, your Champions of Change honorees are…

On October 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Public Engagement will welcome 4-H and FFA members and their mentors to the White House to recognize the exceptional ways they are impacting their communities.

The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country who are “Winning the Future” with projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.  Each week, the Office of Public Engagement (OPE) hosts an event to honor those who are working to empower and inspire other members of their communities.

The recognition ceremony for FFA and 4-H members will be broadcast live at on October 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

Read on to learn more about each FFA honoree…

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Champions of Change

We are thrilled to announce that the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have selected FFA and 4-H to be the focus of their Champions of Change program!

Champions for Change highlights the contributions of people who serve as change agents in their local communities. According to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, FFA and 4-H  are being singled out because of their longstanding legacies of making a difference.

This September, the White House will honor 12 Champions of Change–4-H and FFA members who are helping America win the future with unique projects that move their communities forward–at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Please share this great news with your family and friends, and visit the White House website to nominate qualified FFA members for this outstanding honor. You can nominate both FFA members and adult leaders.

The nomination process is open until August 3.

FFA members greeted by President Obama at Rural Economic Forum

National FFA officers Riley Pagett and Wyatt DeJong and State FFA officers from Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin were present at the Rural Economic Forum yesterday, where President Barack Obama announced his rural jobs initiative.

During the president’s remarks, he pointed out the FFA members in the audience and said that with their enthusiasm and energy, they are ready to take American agriculture to the next level.


The meeting was hosted by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa.